US bank M&A: extended wait times

A few, brave regional banks are pursuing consolidation

UK banks: dreaming of dividends

A time limit on PPI claims is good news for bank dividends

Scout24: not Rightmove yet

German property boom not the same as UK’s and Scout24 is no Rightmove

Offshore workers are to go ahead with a strike ballot over changes to working conditions. The GMB and Unite unions said progress had been made in talks but not enough to resolve the dispute. The Offshore Contractors Association said it was “extremely disappointed” that the ballot was to go ahead.

US E&Ps: cash gusher

We interrupt this commodities disaster for a special announcement — there is still money in oil

China: the tough go shopping

Chinese consumers are not so easily discouraged

Rio Oil Trust: pensioned off

The reach of Petrobras’ woes is long and wide

First Data: hard sell

The payments processor heads back to the public markets with a lot of baggage

Boutique banks: placement testing

Don’t just chase deals — go after anything that pays a fee

Sino-US tech: poor relations

The promise of shared ownership is that it will facilitate deeper commercial ties

Alliance Trust: half-steps

The investment trust has made changes but they are not big enough